Liberty’s Jenny Adams drops district tennis match

May 22, 2012

By Matt Carstens

After qualifying for districts in a grueling match at the KingCo district tournament, Liberty High School sophomore Jenny Adams’ tank was on empty. But despite being miles away from the nearest gas station, she got out and pushed.

“She started off really strong,” Liberty tennis coach Mike Salokas said. “Strong in strokes, and strong in conditioning.”

After being up 3-2 in the first set, Adams quickly started struggling to keep up. She lost the first set, 6-3, and the second, 6-1, to Shea Wojciehowski, of Lakeside High School.

“Yeah, pretty much I just got really tired,” she said, “because last week was really competitive for me. But I definitely think I could have won if I wasn’t so wiped out.”

Because she’s only a sophomore, this was Adams’ first year of a more strenuous schedule.

“I’ve never really played so many tournaments in a row, so many matches,” she said. “I’ve just learned you really need to stay fit, you need to stay strong throughout everything. Keep your game tight. Don’t get intimidated, because you can take out people that are better than you if you try. Don’t give up on it.”

Salokas, who doesn’t get many full-time tennis athletes at Liberty, said he is excited for the future and knows his team can learn from players like Adams.

“I try to get the school to allow me to bring more kids here, not to play but just to watch,” Salokas said. “Because when you watch a player that you practice with every day out in battle, it kind of raises your level.”

Salokas brought a doubles team to the KingCo tournament this year, and was amazed at the level they brought themselves to, just because of the competition around them.

“When you step out on the court with other players that are good, it raises their game,” he said. “Jenny’s presence will do that next year.”

Matt Carstens: 392-6434, ext. 236, or ip-sports@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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